Christopher Kahn

Title(s)Professor Of Clinical, Emergency Medical Services
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    University of California, San DiegoBA, BS06/1997Theatre (design), Molecular Biology
    Medical College of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeMD05/2002Medicine (honors in research)
    University of California, Irvine06/2005Emergency Medicine (residency)
    University of California, Irvine06/2007Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine (fellowship)
    University of California, Los AngelesMPH06/2007Community Health Sciences

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    Dr. Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH, FAEMS began his medical career as an EMT-Basic for STAT Ambulance of San Diego County. After completing his formal education and spending two years as the Medical Fellow for the Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, he joined the faculty at UC Irvine. He later moved back to San Diego, joining the UCSD faculty in 2011. He has served as the base hospital medical director and fellowship director for the EMS/Disaster Medicine training program, and currently serves as chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine, medical co-director for the Emergency Management program, and Chief Medical Officer for the City of San Diego. He maintains research interests in mass casualty triage, ambulance safety, and application of information technology to emergency medical services. He is a member of Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4, with multiple deployments including Hurricane Sandy and COVID-related missions; he was awarded the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal by the Department of Health and Human Services for his efforts. He also serves as a reviewer for several journals in addition to being the section editor for “NHTSA Notes” in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kahn is board-certified in Emergency Medical Services (as well as Emergency Medicine), and works diligently to advocate for EMS patients and agencies. In his limited free time, when not playing with his kids, he also enjoys playing a wide variety of board games and reading, particularly mysteries and science-fiction.

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    START Triage: Improving a "tried-and-true" methodology.
    NIH F32HS015768Jan 9, 2006 - Dec 31, 2008
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Scabies: Application of the Novel Identify-Isolate-Inform Tool for Detection and Management. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 21; 21(2):191-198. Cheng TA, Mzahim B, Koenig KL, Alsugair A, Al-Wabel A, Almutairi BS, Maysa E, Kahn CA. PMID: 32191175; PMCID: PMC7081864.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    2. Consensus-based Criterion Standard for the Identification of Pediatric Patients Who Need Emergency Medical Services Transport to a Hospital with Higher-level Pediatric Resources. Acad Emerg Med. 2018 12; 25(12):1409-1414. Studnek JR, Lerner EB, Shah MI, Browne LR, Brousseau DC, Cushman JT, Dayan PS, Drayna PC, Drendel AL, Gray MP, Kahn CA, Meyer MT, Shah MN, Stanley RM. PMID: 30281884.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Public Health Implications and a Novel Model Treatment Guideline. West J Emerg Med. 2018 Mar; 19(2):380-386. Lapoint J, Meyer S, Yu CK, Koenig KL, Lev R, Thihalolipavan S, Staats K, Kahn CA. PMID: 29560069; PMCID: PMC5851514.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Emergency Physician Disaster Deployment: Issues to Consider and a Model Policy. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017 Aug; 32(4):462-464. Kahn CA, Koenig KL, Schultz CH. PMID: 28462768.
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    5. Commentary: Death by Distraction. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Aug; 68(2):234-5. Kahn CA. PMID: 27451301.
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    6. Commentary: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Feb; 67(2):284-5. Kahn CA. PMID: 26801378.
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    7. Distracted Driving, A Major Preventable Cause of Motor Vehicle Collisions: "Just Hang Up and Drive". West J Emerg Med. 2015 Dec; 16(7):1033-6. Kahn CA, Cisneros V, Lotfipour S, Imani G, Chakravarthy B. PMID: 26759649; PMCID: PMC4703177.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Notes. Results of the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Dec; 66(6):669. Kahn CA. PMID: 26918254.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Commentary: Drugs and Driving. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Dec; 66(6):670-2. Kahn CA. PMID: 26590740.
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    10. Prehospital activated charcoal use in antipsychotic overdose. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Feb; 34(2):316-7. Villarreal J, Kahn CA, Dunford JV, Castillo EM, Clark RF. PMID: 26612705.
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    11. Commentary: Road Traffic Injury: We've Come a Long Way, But Not Far Enough. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Aug; 66(2):196-8. Kahn CA. PMID: 26208730.
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    12. Commentary: the increasingly dangerous pastime of perambulation. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Apr; 65(4):453-4. Kahn CA. PMID: 25805027.
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    13. Commentary: Driver monitoring and feedback: not just "I told you so". Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Dec; 64(6):674-5. Kahn CA. PMID: 25454565.
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    14. A retrospective review of the prehospital use of activated charcoal. Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Jan; 33(1):56-9. Villarreal J, Kahn CA, Dunford JV, Patel E, Clark RF. PMID: 25455049.
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    15. Commentary: Locked out or locked up: are ignition interlocks the answer? Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Apr; 63(4):475-6. Kahn CA. PMID: 24655446.
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    16. Commentary: it's the little things that matter. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Feb; 63(2):243-6. Kahn CA. PMID: 24438648.
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    17. Characteristics of hospitals diverting ambulances in a California EMS system. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Feb; 29(1):27-31. Kahn CA, Stratton SJ, Anderson CL. PMID: 24451265.
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    18. Commentary: the primary seat belt survey. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Aug; 62(2):183-4. Kahn CA. PMID: 23870736.
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    19. A pilot study examining the viability of a Prehospital Assessment with UltraSound for Emergencies (PAUSE) protocol. J Emerg Med. 2013 Jan; 44(1):142-9. Chin EJ, Chan CH, Mortazavi R, Anderson CL, Kahn CA, Summers S, Fox JC. PMID: 22595631.
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    20. Emergency Medical Services and 9-1-1 pandemic influenza preparedness: a national assessment. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Mar; 30(3):505-9. Oliver AL, Poplin GS, Kahn CA. PMID: 22306392; PMCID: PMC7135758.
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    21. Prospective correlation of arterial vs venous blood gas measurements in trauma patients. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Oct; 30(8):1371-7. Rudkin SE, Kahn CA, Oman JA, Dolich MO, Lotfipour S, Lush S, Gain M, Firme C, Anderson CL, Langdorf MI. PMID: 22169587; PMCID: PMC3424304.
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    22. The worsening of ED on-call coverage in California: 6-year trend. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Sep; 27(7):785-91. Rudkin SE, Langdorf MI, Oman JA, Kahn CA, White H, Anderson CL. PMID: 19683105.
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    23. Does START triage work? An outcomes assessment after a disaster. Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Sep; 54(3):424-30, 430.e1. Kahn CA, Schultz CH, Miller KT, Anderson CL. PMID: 19195739.
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    24. Hospital preparation for disasters. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2008 Mar-Apr; 23(2):182-3. Kahn CA. PMID: 18557299.
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    25. Health care facility-based decontamination of victims exposed to chemical, biological, and radiological materials. Am J Emerg Med. 2008 Jan; 26(1):71-80. Koenig KL, Boatright CJ, Hancock JA, Denny FJ, Teeter DS, Kahn CA, Schultz CH. PMID: 18082785.
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    26. Can ED staff accurately estimate the weight of adult patients? Am J Emerg Med. 2007 Mar; 25(3):307-12. Kahn CA, Oman JA, Rudkin SE, Anderson CL, Sultani D. PMID: 17349905.
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    27. Health care facilities' "war on terrorism": a deliberate process for recommending personal protective equipment. Am J Emerg Med. 2007 Feb; 25(2):185-95. Koenig KL, Boatright CJ, Hancock JA, Denny FJ, Teeter DS, Kahn CA, Schultz CH. PMID: 17276809.
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    28. Research priorities for surge capacity. Acad Emerg Med. 2006 Nov; 13(11):1160-8. Rothman RE, Hsu EB, Kahn CA, Kelen GD. PMID: 17032947.
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    29. Commentary: Scoping out reciprocity, career mobility and recognition. Ann Emerg Med. 2006 Aug; 48(2):213-4. Kahn CA, Vaca F. PMID: 16857470.
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    30. Medical strategies to handle mass casualties from the use of biological weapons. Clin Lab Med. 2006 Jun; 26(2):313-27, viii. Koenig KL, Kahn CA, Schultz CH. PMID: 16815455.
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    31. Characteristics of fatal ambulance crashes in the United States: an 11-year retrospective analysis. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2001 Jul-Sep; 5(3):261-9. Kahn CA, Pirrallo RG, Kuhn EM. PMID: 11446540.
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